The completion of a new road link between St Austell and the A30 has become a step nearer today with the announcement that the Government is prepared to contribute £79 million towards the cost of the scheme.
The new 3.9 mile link road will join the recently completed improvement at Carluddon with the old A30 at Victoria providing better connections for many communities in Cornwall and supporting improvements in employment, housing and regeneration.
The announcement follows Cornwall Council’s submission to the Department for Transport of a funding bid for £85million and outline business case.
This showed the need for the link road and its benefits, including easing congestion and improving journey times between St Austell and the A30. Cornwall Council will be making a £6m contribution to the scheme.
Now the funding has been announced and before a planning application is submitted, Cornwall Council will be undertaking further community engagement with local residents and businesses next spring.
This will be on the final detail of the proposed route, which runs from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.
The community engagement will also include details on the additional measures to improve the environment for local people including traffic calming through Bugle, Stenalees and Roche.
Subject to planning approval being granted for the scheme, construction of the new road could start by the end of 2019, with the scheme opening in spring 2022.